Period IV

Bild/Photo: Mediathek Wallis, Martigny.

Turning Point in The Valais

Switzerland has always been a crossroads of political, economic and social developments, culture and trade from roman times onwards. An exhibition (La Suisse Magazine. Max Keller. Les reportages de 1926 à 1960) in Martigny shows for the first time the production of the (forgotten) photographer Max Keller (1902-1961). More than 250 photographs and 120 magazines with his photographs are on show. They illustrate the reportages he made from 1926 to 1960 in and about Wallis and Switzerland, at a turning point in their recent history, between progress and socio-economic upheavals, between war and peace, significant immigration and cultural developments. A period in black and white photographs, where modernity and tradition, tourism and rural life, pacifism and the army sometimes clashed. It is an era in which identities, social and gender roles are questioned. Keller was an excellent observer and he understood how to record these developments. He witnessed the changes of two generations and his photographes are in fact documentaries. The Wallis Media Library (Médiathèque Valais/ Mediathek Wallis) offers free access to thousands of documents from different media, books, magazines, films, photography and modern media. It also organizes exhibitions and other events with cultural-historical topics. (Source and further information: www.mediatheque.ch).